How Good of a Team Can You Put Together

I think a Kaizen Event  offers leadership a unique opportunity to “walk the talk.” They can participate in open and frank conversation, promote empowerment and break down many organizational barriers. This may be the first step in developing an ongoing continuous improvement culture. Their expressed enthusiasm for recommendations and recognition Continue reading How Good of a Team Can You Put Together

The Purpose of Kaizen Events

When holding a Kaizen Event have you ever really taken the time to think thru the event and how you will hold people’s interest and more importantly how you will get them engaged? Managers may think that everyone has the same level of interest and are willing to participate and Continue reading The Purpose of Kaizen Events

The Origins of Cap-Do in My Work: Hansei

I highly encourage you to listen or read this conversation between Michael Balle and myself. It is at the heart of Kaizen, PDCA and Lean. Mike Balle on the Culture of PDCA: Podcast: Gemba Coach talks PDCA, Transcription: Is PDCA the culture of Lean? Reflection on these points may be Continue reading The Origins of Cap-Do in My Work: Hansei

The Team is Not Responsible for Teamwork

Successful Lean teams are iTeams When I use this term, it is based on a simple theory that Teamwork Is an Individual Skill. In this book by Christopher Avery he describes a team as a group of individuals responding successfully to the opportunity presented by shared responsibility. Paraphrased from the Continue reading The Team is Not Responsible for Teamwork

The Starting Point for Kaizen is You

Before you start a company-wide Kaizen, you may want to look at yourself and the collection of individuals that make up the organization. Below is three different views of how an individual applies themselves to their roles. Dr Balle and I had a conversation on Kaizen which resulted in an Continue reading The Starting Point for Kaizen is You